September 11, 2013 Community Happenings

Running of Boots
    Event Sept. 28
    The annual Running of the Boots event is changing its venue. The event will be held this year “under the big top” tent next to St. Michael’s Cathedral on Lincoln Street 10 a.m. Sept. 28.
    The Sitka Local Foods Network will team up with the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce, which will serve a complimentary lunch at noon.
    Funds generated from the Running of the Boots this year will be dedicated to the development of the Sitka Community Greenhouse. Volunteers are needed to register runners. Those who can help, are asked to call Kerry at 752-0654 or visit

    Arctic National
    Park Discussed
    A presentation on “Down the John River: 8 Days in the Gates of the Arctic National Park” will be 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Kettleson Memorial Library.
     Peter Gorman and Mary Therese Thompson, who spent eight days taking a field photography class offered by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in partnership with the Gates of the Arctic National Park, will be the speakers.
    Highlights of the trip included the photography instruction, viewing early homesteads as well as the first ice road to Prudhoe Bay. The support logistics were superlative as were the two National Park Service volunteers.

    Walking Topic of
    Lunch and Learn
    ‘‘What Walking Does for You” will be the focus of a Lunch and Learn presentation noon-1 p.m. Sept. 23 at Kettleson Memorial Library.
    Dr. Don Lehmann will discuss health benefits of walking following by a presentation on Sitka trails by Sitka Trail Works board members. A pair of new walking poles will be given out as a door prize.

    Pledge Drive On
    For Raven Radio
    Raven Radio’s one-day fall drive is set Friday, Oct. 4. The pledge drive is to help the station reach its goals of 500 pledges and $55,000, with only one day of on-air fundraising.
    Pledges are being accepted now at or 747-5877.

    Cancer Support
    Group to Meet
    The Sitka Cancer Support Group will gather 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Brave Heart Volunteers in the Pioneers Home Manager’s House, behind the Mt. Edgecumbe Preschool on Seward Street.
    Those in cancer treatment and cancer survivors are invited to spend some time with others who understand what they are going through. The support group is sponsored by Sitka Cancer Survivors Society. Call or e-mail Mary Beth with questions. or for a ride to attend, at 623-0842, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Bake Sale Set
    For Bagpipers
    A bake sale to raise money for the Seattle Bagpipers is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Wells Fargo Bank lobby.

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At a Glance

(updated 5-25-22)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:55 pm Wednesday, May 25.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,911

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 251,425

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,776

Current Hospitalizations – 46

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "medium.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Cases in last 7 days – 25

Cumulative Sitka cases – 2,658

Hospitalizations (to date) – 32

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.





May 2002


From Sitka’s Past by Robert DeArmond: May 14, 1878 – The steamer California brought a cannery crew to Sitka for one of the first two salmon canneries in Alaska. The cannery, located at Starrigavan, operated for only two seasons and was abandoned.

May 1972

 The work of four Sitka artists will be represented in the Ketchikan Arts and Crafts Guild Traveling Show. The artists are Alice Bergdoll, Linda Larsen, Marilyn Nevers and Clint Miller.